"I've become a pro at skimming headlines to stay on top of wildfire news, but in saving time, I can lose the ability to offer informed assessments of a topic," admits NFPA Journal columnist Molly Mowery in the latest edition of the magazine.
Delving deeper into the actual wildfire reports that news outlets tend to briefly summarize can clarify aspects of a fire and its response that never made it to print. For example, Mowery points to articles published after the release of the USDA report on the 2010 Fourmile Canyon fire near Boulder, Colorado. Several newspapers questioned the effectiveness of fuels treatment, but Mowery says the actual report indicates that "no general inference could be made about the fuel treatment efficacy."
Carving out time for in-depth discussions with peers is one way to get the full story on wildland fires. Check out Mowery's other suggestions in the November/December issue of NFPA Journal.